Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. It is a is a disorder of the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision, which lets us see objects that are straight ahead. AMD by itself does not lead to complete blindness, with no ability to see. However, the loss of central vision in AMD can interfere with simple everyday activities, such as the ability to see faces, drive, read, write, or do close work, such as cooking or fixing things around the house.
Peter Liggett, M.D., a retina specialist on Hilton Head, will conduct an educational seminar on “Macular Degeneration: The Latest Treatments and Prevention,” from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 22nd at the Hilton Head Senior Center, located at 70 Shelter Cove Lane, Suite L. The event is open to the public. Dr. Liggett will discuss the latest advancements in stem cells, gene transfer and how lifestyle changes affect patients with AMD.
Register for the seminar by calling the Hilton Head Senior Center at 843-785-6444 or below.
Dr. Liggett is a leader in the evaluation and treatment of macular and retinal diseases. Liggett has been a clinical professor of ophthalmology at Yale School of Medicine and Weill Cornell College of Medicine. He founded New England Retina Associates, which had six retina specialists and more than 10,000 patient visits per year. He has written more than 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited four major textbooks on diseases of the macula and retina. He is an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, which certifies doctors to practice in ophthalmology.
Hilton Head Macula and Retina is located on the north end of Hilton Head Island at 15A Lafayette Place near the entrance to Indigo Run. The office is in the same compound as Southern Smiles, across from Bank of America. For more information, call (843) 422-9987 or visit www.hhmr.org.